A Guide to Ethical Stores in NYC


With growing buzz around eco-friendliness and sustainability, it is inevitable that shoppers have begun to want their strawberries and their shoes to be organic. Fair trade, organic, and sustainable products have hit the mainstream marketplace with a fervor. If you find yourself in New York City, here is a list of stores that prioritize ethics as much as aesthetics.

  1. Credo

    courtesy of credobeauty.com


Credo is a beauty and cosmetic brand and spa with locations in New York City and Brooklyn, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Their credo (Latin for creed), is, “We provide eco-friendly and cruelty free and organic cosmetics that will give you the complexion you desire without causing any health issues.” Stop by their Prince Street location for anything from lipstick to detox tea- au natural, of course. Don’t forget to check out their spa to treat yourself to a facial or makeup application.

2. Kaight


courtesy of Maura Murnanae

Kaight is a boutique that stocks items that are local, organic, recycled, fair trade, and of zero waste. Head to Brooklyn to peruse through everything from swimsuits to soy candles. Kaight has 5 stars on yelp, so don’t be shy!

3. Vaute Couture


courtesy of vautecouture.com

Vaute, pronounced “vote”, is a vegan fashion house located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Vaute is well known for their coats, but don’t forget to check out their adorable swimsuits. Plus, everything is made in their Brooklyn workshop.

In a world of fast fashion and flash sales, the impact of the items bought are usually an after-thought. Add these stores to your to-shop list, and you will be rewarded with a feeling that you’re making a difference in the world- one shoe at a time.

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